Thank you to everyone who came out May 11th - your support keeps us going. Together we are helping provide homes to those who don't have them, in our city.
We raised over $62,000! That's $10K more than last year! How fantastic is that?
Please check our Facebook page for photos here.
Lorraine Segato was Tie One On's special guest this year by hosting and performing.
Raffle Prize was two tickets with Porter Airlines - anywhere they fly!
Also, this year, we were thrilled to bring you our annual Wanda’s Arts Awards, a bursary program supporting our residents who use art to cope and heal. This was its 2nd year! Click here to read up on our nominees and recipients.
Here is a great piece about Danika (recipient of 2015 Wanda's Arts Awards). This is the best testimonial for why we raise money.
An eager crowd checks out the celebrity ties and scarves up for auction.
Homes First provides affordable, stable housing and supports to break the cycle of homelessness. There are over 5,000 people in Toronto without a safe stable place to live. Hundreds live “rough” – in ravines, stairwells or on the street. Hundreds more suffer with mental illness and addictions. This is who we serve. Homes First operates 16 buildings in 9 Toronto neighbourhoods, housing 550 men, women, and families every night.
In September 2013, Homes First hosted a complimentary dinner and film screening event for our long-time supporters. One of those invited, Councilor Mike Layton, had to decline as it was his honeymoon week. Grateful for the invitation and noting that part of the evening included a clothing drive, Mike called with his regrets but offered a box of ties. Homes First gratefully accepted, even though there’s not much demand for ties among the folks we serve.
A short while later we received a call from Layton’s office. They asked where they should send the box of Jack Layton’s ties. After we picked our jaws up off the floor, we collected the ties, and brainstormed what to do with this spectacular donation from the quintessential Toronto icon. And so the idea of an auction featuring ties and scarves from famous folk was born.
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